The School Librarian
"[A] rare gem of a book."
"Killer first lines are like gold dust and this is a doozy: There was a time, not long ago, when it was illegal to kill people."
"By no means is [dystopia] composed of only novice authors. We can't wait for Pulitzer Prize-nominated Lydia Millet's upcoming novel, Pills and Starships, set in a world where babies are illegal."
"A YA novel that runs counter to nearly every YA trend...You'll laughuntil you realize it's too late, and the world has crumbled around you."
"Millet presents environmental issues she's dealt with before, but embeds them in engaging story, and sympathetic characters, lively voice, and a little, satisfying 'ick.'"
"We recommend checking out this novelwhich manages to be both frightening and hopefulwhether you're young or old."
Endangered Earth Online
Included in Teen Librarian Toolbox's list of forthcoming CliFi (climate fiction) titles
"Gripping...how the future is likely to be for our younger generation if the current situation of environmental degradation is allowed to continue."
"In this too-possible dystopia, global warming has changed weather patterns, babies are now illegal, and new diseases mutating weekly make face-to-face contact rare...I loved the book."
Books YA Love
"Millet's prose is strong, her neologisms are fun, and the story caught me right up."
"An engaging epistolary novel that's part science fiction and part cautionary tale."
"Millet's YA debut is a gem: unnerving and luminous in equal measures....Pitch-perfect...This is a smart, soulful book."
The Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia
"This is a fantastic futuristic dystopian novel that every teen and adult should read!"
Jenn's Review Blog
"Lydia Millet has constructed a landscape of horror against a typically beautiful backdrop, making the Huxley-esque society all the more disturbing...Sci fi readers looking for a new twist on classic themes are sure to enjoy this new novel."
Write All the Words!
"A good, worthy book...with a memorable voice and an important message."
"If you want to think, and you want to know what it truly would be like living in a realistic dystopian society, read this novel."
With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
"Wow. Just wow...If you like postapocalyptic, dystopian, or just beautiful writing, check this book out. It will blow your mind."
Cherry Blossoms & Maple Syrup
"A dystopian novel that paints a horrifying realistic future by exploiting the truths of today."
"Pills and Starships feels very much like the spirit of our time."
Online Eccentric Librarian
"Nat and Sam were both characters that were a joy to read....Can be enjoyed by people of all ages."
"This is not a slow book and is very hard to put down."
"Fascinating and thought provoking! Pills and Starships is a chilling look at an ecologically damaged future where big business and the government have not only seized control of the surviving population through drugs, but have taken charge of death itself. Lydia Millet has raised questions that will resonate with readers for years to come."
Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Testing
"A beautiful glimpse of a dark and outrageous futureutterly confident and terrifying and exciting for readers of any age. You'll read it with the lights on and then you'll turn them off because you're wasting electricity."
Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday